My friend Barb and I are always joking about how I wake up with a certain amount of patience per day and once it's used up... it's gone! Well today was definitely one of those days.
So I had to run to the grocery store for a last few minute things for supper. Keep in mind, I'm 39 weeks pregnant, the baby has dropped and I'm VERY uncomfortable on the best of days. So I run in, and I grab my 4-5 items and then go stand in line at the register.
The store was fairly busy, and I used to work at a grocery store, so waiting doesn't usually bother me. I wait behind this guy who is apparently one of those freaks who stocks up their basement with canned goods for the next nuclear holocaust, and then I place my few items at the end of the conveyor belt. After the cashier finishes his transaction and he leaves, I walk up to the register so I can start making out my check while I wait for her to ring the groceries. Well, she hadn't turned on the conveyor belt yet, so my items were still sitting at the end of the register.
This is where things get crabby. A family comes up behind me. This 10-12 year old girl looks at me standing by the register... sees my groceries at the end of the belt and then WALKS UP TO THE REGISTER AND SETS HER SHIT IN FRONT OF MINE. Her mom seriously stands there, watches what's going on and doesn't say a DAMNED WORD! NOTHING! So then I have to explain to the cashier that the items she is now ringing up are not mine and that mine are still sitting at the end of the belt, after I waited behind nuclear holocaust guy. She continues to check out the girl. The mom goes into another line to check out the rest of her groceries. And then I have to wait for the cashier to get change and stuff for the girl who jumped in front of me. The whole situation was very awkward because I'm still standing there with my nearly filled out check while this girl is practically joined at my hip waiting for me to move out of her way. I was pissed. I was LIVID.
What bothers me more than the girl's actions is that there were no consequences for them. The mother did absolutely nothing to correct her or anything. Shit, if I had done something similar at that age, my mom would have went haywire in the store and then woe be unto me as soon as we got home. It's no wonder kids these days have such a warped sense of entitlement. I just can't imagine how I would react if my kid did something like that to someone. And yet there was nothing from the mom. Nothing. No apology, nothing.
Needless to say, my patience meter is now on empty!